Thinking about highlighting your hair for the first time, or are you up for a new coloring method? There are many things to learn from our colorist at Prestige Hair Salon Midtown NYC when it comes to not only choosing a complementary color, but a highlighting technique as well. Read on to get “schooled” on a crash course in color.

Your Colorist at Prestige Hair Salon Midtown NYC Reveals Highlighting Techniques

Generally, highlights are painted on by hand and are wrapped in foil to expedite the process when heat is applied. Your colorist at Prestige Hair Salon Midtown NYC can use a variety of methods and techniques to get you the color and effect you desire by using patterns and wrapping methods.

Brick layering

If your stylist uses this method, they will section your hair off into four or five pieces and apply color by making two to three rows within each section.

Angling

If your stylist uses this method, they slice your hair into sections on an angle starting at the roots and moving toward the tip of the ear. This technique has a curved effect, rather than a traditional straight effect.

Weaving

Weaving is the most popular way to add highlights to hair. Your stylist will part your hair into very fine sections (less than 3 inches wide) and will follow an in and out pattern; placing foil under strands that have color swiped on them and wrapping them up to secure each section.

Slicing

Slicing is a fast way to apply highlights. Your stylist will part your hair into multiple sections and then apply color to thin strands within each section. Foil will also be placed under each strand to secure the color and assist in the drying/finishing process.

There are a variety of methods and techniques to choose from. It’s best to chat with your hair colorist at Prestige Hair Salon Midtown NYC to help you make your decision. One thing they will tell you is to never take large sections of hair and apply color. This will look unnatural, can result in spotting near your scalp, and will give your hair a striped, zebra effect.

Choosing the Right Color

Our stylists and colorists at Presige Hair Salon Midtown NYC agree that there is a right color for everyone. They take your natural hair color into consideration, as well as your skin tone and color base (warm or cool). It’s important to keep in mind that when you show up at a salon with a picture of what you want, they will do their best to match up your inspiration with an actual color that will complement you.

Matching Your Hair Color to Skin Tone

Generally, the rule of thumb states that cool toned skin looks best with warm colors. Orange reds, honey browns, golden blonde, and chocolate highlights are the colors you should apply if your skin has a blue undertone. Stars who abide by this rule are Kim Kardashian, J-Lo, and Jessica Simpson.

If your skin has a warm tone, you have a pink undertone and your skin will look best with highlights in colors like dark red, beige, ash, champagne, and even violet! Stars and celebs like Sophia Vergara, Jennifer Aniston, and Miley Cyrus abide by these rules.

Keep these highlighting tips and tricks in mind when you schedule your next hair consult with your hair colorist at Prestige Hair Salon Midtown NYC to get a color and use a method that will look natural yet fabulous.